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Food bank use remains at record levels, with more than 1.1 million units of emergency supplies given out by a leading charity in the last year, figures have revealed. The Trussell Trust said there was a 2% increase in three-day supplies provided to people from its network of 424 food…
Britain is trailing behind many countries in the developed world by failing to reduce inequality in child well-being, according to a new report by Unicef. The new study, named Report Card 13, shows that Britain is struggling to tackle gaps in child health, education and income inequality, which is helping…
The next Scottish government should introduce anti-poverty legislation to comprehensively tackle the issue, campaigners have said. The call for a Scottish Poverty Reduction Bill is one of 17 priorities for Holyrood set out in the Poverty Alliance's election manifesto. The alliance - which is made up of more than 200…
The Child Poverty Actiion Group have announced details of their Scottish annual conference which will take place on Friday 10 June. The conference will take place on Friday 10 June and will be at a new venue this year, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (pictured). The pace of…
We are seeing a watershed moment in the way that the UK Government deals with child poverty, as Parliament decides whether to give final assent to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. There are 3.7 million children in the UK living in poverty, made more shocking by the fact the…
A children's charity urged ministers to reconsider plans for a four-year freeze on a range of benefits and agree a moratorium on future welfare cuts for low-income families. The charity made the call after its research suggested that the plans risk pushing more children into poverty. More than 7.5 million…
With child poverty levels in Wales continuing to be amongst the highest in the UK, a conference in the Glamorgan Building of Cardiff University this week (29 January) aims to tackle this urgent issue and present the latest research informing the area. The Child Poverty in Wales conference, co-organised by…
The Government suffered a defeat in the Lords over plans to down-play income-related measures of child poverty levels. Peers voted by 290 to 198, a majority of 92, to back an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill proposed by the Bishop of Durham which forces Ministers to present…
The Scottish Government should consider ending the council-tax freeze and providing some free childcare for primary-school pupils, a new report looking at how to tackle poverty has said. Naomi Eisenstadt, the independent adviser on poverty and inequality, made the suggestions as she produced her first report for Nicola Sturgeon, who…
More than half a million emergency supplies were handed out at Trussell Trust foodbanks in the six months to September, showing that hunger is still a "major concern" for low income families. A total of 506,369 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people, a 3% increase on the same…
Successful businesses and wealthy individuals should make a bigger contribution to ending "shocking" levels of poverty and inequality in Britain, Sir John Major said. The Conservative former prime minister also backed stronger powers for the Charity Commission to help the watchdog prevent scandals from eroding giving to good causes. Sir…
More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas Day across Britain - the equivalent of four children for every school in the country - according to estimates from Shelter. The charity calculated that the number of homeless children has increased by almost 15,000 in the last year alone.…
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